How is being a parent defined? By your actions, or does the simple virtue of being related by blood automatically give you that title? Those questions and more lie at the core of "Like Father, Like Son," a tender and involving portrait by Kore-Eda Hirokazu that centers on two set of parents -- and one father in particular -- who find the relationships to their sons severely tested, forcing them to reassess everything they thought that new about them and about themselves, as well. Ryota (Fukurama Masaharu) is a driven, successful engineer, but has little time in his six day work week for his wife Midorino (Ono Machiko) and even less for his young son Keita. But despite the imperfect balance, the entire family gives off the facade of stability. Ryota makes good money, Keita is as sharp as a tack, while Midorino lovingly dotes on her son. Keita is in the midst of the admission process to a good school, he plays the piano and from all outward appearances, the Nonomiyas are the...
Filed under: Technology, Videos Those that hanker for the days when automobiles were generally simple machines - responsive only to the will of their human masters - probably don't work in R&D at Visteon. The Michigan-based automotive supplier, with a track record in climate control and electronics manufacture, has released some new information about a new system it is calling Human Bayesian Intelligence Technology or HABIT. The goal of HABIT, in a nutshell, is to learn and predict what in-car setting a driver would like, in advance of him even having to ask for them. Using data about radio, climate control and driving behavior, HABIT stores and analyses (some might say "learns") about a driver's preferences, and then makes cues them up for the driver at the right time of day, or in the right situation. If all of that sounds a little "big brother" to you, well, just wait until you have a look at the demo video Visteon has put together. We'd certainly like to get a closer look at the HABIT system when it's ready for primetime (or even in advance of that), but we're not entirely sold on the sort of creepy, blonde robot guide that we've seen here. Scroll down to see and watch what we mean.Continue reading Visteon working on creepy artificial intelligence for your car's infotainment [w/video]Visteon working on creepy artificial intelligence for your car's infotainment [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 17 May 2013 19:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Don't go for the goatee, guys. There's plenty of ways to show off your skin without the facial hair adornments. We always hear about how the ladies of Hollywood keep their complexion's looking fresh and flawless, but we don't always get the deets about the male celebs take care of their skin. It doesn't seem like these guys have ever had a blemish in their lives, (lucky, huh?) so they must be following some kind of secret beauty routine. OK! News: Sean Lowe Gets Into Skincare Celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas has prepped Project Runway host and designer Zac Posen's skin for the red carpet as well as Michelle Williams and is well-versed with skin care smarts, as she is the founder of her own self-named skincare line. We caught up with Joanna and got the low-down on how guys can really take care of their skin. SPF, SPF, SPF. It's a skincare essential, guys! Joanna says it's one of the most important things to remember with the summer months approaching. Remembering to apply it is all about routine. Ladies usually put it on during the makeup, but, so that guys don't let it slip their minds, Joanna suggests applying an SPF after shaving. "It's the only time he is kind of doing a routine. After that, he dresses and is out the door," says Joanna. Anti-aging lotion is a gal's best friend, but guys should be using it, too. "It's always easier to maintain youthfulness than to try and get it back," says Joanna. When it comes to where men and women need and want to treat their skin, there are some differences. "Men have different concerns—their neck has sensitive skin from shaving. Also, it loses elasticity pretty early from no sunscreen. They always complain about their eyes—usually eye creams bother them when the sweat," says Joanna. See? Guys have to worry about wrinkles just like women do. We've made our point by now: beauty routines are the best kind of habits to keep. Joanna has a good one for the guys to pick up on. "Guys should ideally wash their face in the morning, use my Daily Serum, then apply sunscreen," says Joanna. "At night, men should wash their face, apply my Rejuvenating Serum and then go to bed. Twice a week, men should use my Exfoliating Mask in the shower. It’s that simple!" Photos: Cannes Film Festival Fashion OK! News: Zac Posen on Judging Project Runway Do you have a beauty regimen? What's your skincare secret? Tweet @OKMagazine and leave a comment below. Photo credit: Getty Images
Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Ford, Quick Spins I was more than a year removed from my last experience with the Mustang GT and its delicious 5.0 V8 when this new 2014 example rolled up to my driveway recently. Good weather and a planned road trip across the state meant that I would get plenty of seat time in this conservatively specified example, too. In total, I logged about 400 miles in a week of driving - not a lot for some of you super commuters out there, but quite a lot for this work-from-home journalist. The basic formula of the 5.0 has stayed the same for 2014. The 2013 model year saw a number of updates to keep the Mustang fresh until it's replaced with an all-new generation for 2015. So, for its bon voyage tour, the fifth-generation Pony Car has seen only a few modifications: a couple of new paint colors (Oxford White and Ruby Read Metallic), trim and wheel revisions and, sadly, the deletion of the Boss 302 from the Ford lineup. However, while the limited-edition Boss is likely to reappear sometime after the gen-six Mustang makes its debut in 2015, the GT Track Package cars like the one I tested provide at least a partial solution for those looking for hot laps. Driving Notes The 5.0 V8 never gets old. 420 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque are delivered with satisfying linearity, as the Coyote motor spins up to redline far quicker than you'd expect for an engine of this displacement. Sonically rich, with just a hint of a hard edge to the exhaust over 5,000 rpm and a satisfyingly lazy rumble at idle, the soundtrack is pure enthusiast driving pleasure at most speeds. Oh yeah... on the first day I had the car I was reminded that the 5.0 Mustang is fast as all hell, too. Don't let its ubiquity fool you, this is a serious performance machine. The six-speed manual trans is quite substantial, with a positive, metallic click heard when shifting through the range. The gates are nicely spaced and the throws short. I generally enjoy using this beefy gearbox, though when trying for really fast changes - especially downshifts - a lighter, more accurate action would be appreciated. Clutch action is pretty low effort and progressive, and with so much torque that it's simple to get the GT moving - gently or in a cloud of smoke as your taste and situation dictate. As I mentioned, the Mustang I drove was equipped with Ford's excellent GT Track Package. For $2,450, the track pack feels like an excellent value for weekend racers or drivers that might want to upgrade their GT substantially down the road. The options group contains a little bit of what made the Boss 302 cool, in a Bossless model year. (Automobile web editor Evan McCausland quipped to me that the test car I had was, "more of an assistant manager" than a Boss, which is about right.) The most noticeable equipment you'll get if you spec your Stang this way are the larger Brembo brakes and the Torsen helical diff with its more aggressive 3.73:1 rear axle. In a week filled with random quick corners and side-trips to back roads, I can attest that all make the GT feel a lot more sports car-like than less-endowed base GTs. For actual track work, the package's upgraded radiator (from the Boss 302) and engine oil cooler should help keep internals cool, as well. Not part of the track pack, my car also had optional ($1,595) Recaro cloth racing seats. A far cry from the fully stuffed leather chairs I'm used to seeing in media-fleet Mustangs, I ended up falling in love with these Recaros. The fabric they're trimmed with is simple without looking downmarket, and the bolsters help them grip the driver firmly without squeezing too hard at the hips. Even my XL frame was a good fit. I'll admit that after about 150 miles, I was feeling the frame dig into my thighs a little bit - these probably aren't the best road trip seats - but for everyday driving or canyon road bombing, they're superb. On that same road trip, I should mention that I had no trouble hitting the EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon on the highway... if I set the cruise right around 70 miles per hour. At a more normal (for me) 75 or 80 mph, the econ drops to about 21 on the interstate. In town I was seeing roughly 11 mpg, though admittedly I was keeping the revs high quite a lot to better hear the exhaust. I think the 15 mph city estimate is doable, if you're willing to blandly shift up into fourth a lot. Outside of the great seats, this interior is starting to feel pretty dated. With no navigation screen especially, there's no end to the gray and black plastic you seen in front of you. Accessing SYNC via the standard radio's buttons and knobs is an atrocious way to navigate your digitally stored music, and the voice commands feel utterly unwieldy compared to newer systems like Cadillac CUE. (Dan Roth's, Chris Paukert's and Consumer Reports' protestations to the contrary, CUE feels positively visionary after a week with this low-end, touchscreen-less SYNC.) Both iPhones and iPods were randomly spurned as "not recognized" devices; even after working the time before. And even when I could get my music to play, the sound system managed to sound both underpowered and badly voiced. It's a good thing the V8 soundtrack doesn't get old. 2014 Ford Mustang GT originally appeared on Autoblog on Fri, 17 May 2013 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
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